Shooting outside West Long Branch QuickChek leaves 1 injured; police probe 2 more shootings

A shooting outside of a West Long Branch QuickChek store left one person injured. And police are investigating if two other shootings that happened nearby are related.
The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. Monday on the 800 block of Broadway in West Long Branch. Surveillance video shows a gunman firing several rounds in the direction of a person running away. The person was struck, leaving a blood trail at the scene. Authorities say that by the time police officers arrived, that person had already been taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The shooting is one of three that happened within a nine-hour period in the area on Monday.
The first shooting took place around 2:45 p.m. near Halberton Place and North Fifth Avenue in Long Branch. Police say a home in that area was struck by multiple rounds. No one was hurt.
The third shooting happened near the 300 block of Long Branch Avenue in Long Branch. No injuries were reported.
Authorities say that they believe that the three shootings are related.
The incidents have shocked the community. The Long Branch School District has decided to make some changes to its after-school schedule following the incidents.
School officials say that Friday’s homecoming football game has been moved to Saturday morning and will be played with spectators. The game could even end up getting canceled.
All middle and high school athletic games scheduled to play at home have been moved to away games. Evening and weekend activities have been canceled, postponed or moved to a virtual platform.
No arrests have been made. Anyone who might have any information is asked to call Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-671-4400.